Growth rate, carcass characteristics and meat quality of growing lambs fed buckwheat or maize silage

  • Keles, Gurhan (Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Adnan Menderes University) ;
  • Kocaman, Veli (Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Adnan Menderes University) ;
  • Ustundag, Ahmet Onder (Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Adnan Menderes University) ;
  • Zungur, Asli (Department of Food Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Adnan Menderes University) ;
  • Ozdogan, Mursel (Department of Food Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Adnan Menderes University)
  • Received : 2017.04.14
  • Accepted : 2017.06.08
  • Published : 2018.04.01


Objective: This study evaluated inclusion of buckwheat silage to the diet of growing lambs in terms of meat quality as compared to maize silage. Methods: Buckwheat, rich in total phenols (TP, 33 g/kg dry matter [DM]), was harvested at the end of the milk stage and ensiled in 40 kg plastic bags after wilting (294 g/kg silage DM). A total of 18 growing lambs ($21.6{\pm}1.2$) were individually fed isonitrogenous and isoenergetic total mixed rations (TMR) for 75 d that either contained buckwheat or maize silage at DM proportions of 0.50. At the end of feeding trail all lambs were slaughtered to assess carcass characteristics and meat quality. Results: Buckwheat silage increased (p<0.01) the DM intake of lambs as compared to maize silage, but had no effects (p>0.05) on live weight gain and feed efficiency. Carcass weight, dressing percentage, meat pH, water holding capacity, cooking loss, shear force ($kg/cm^2$), and total viable bacteria count of meat did not differ (p>0.05) between the treatments. However, TP content of meat increased (p<0.001) by feeding buckwheat TMR. Feeding buckwheat TMR also decreased (p<0.05) the b* values of meat. Conclusion: The results provide that buckwheat silage is palatable and could successfully include TMR of growing lambs with no adverse effects on performance, carcass and meat quality. Additionally, feeding buckwheat silage to lambs offers increased TP in meat.


Supported by : Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)


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